Why Braces?

People usually associate orthodontics with beautiful smiles and, while that is true, there are many reasons a person might need braces. Video Best Decision from the AAO.  When people can’t chew well, they avoid the vegetables and grains that are known to promote a lifetime of health. Studies have also shown that people with attractive smiles have self-esteem and more success in their career endeavors. Our goal is to give our patients both healthy and beautiful smiles!

The ideal smile and bite are the result of several components coming together harmoniously. Here are just a few of the questions Dr. Foley asks himself when he sees a patient for the first time:

  • Is there enough space for the adult teeth to erupt into a good position?
  • Are there going to be gaps between some of the teeth?
  • Are the lips able to cover the front teeth when they are relaxed?
  • Are the back teeth able to chew well on both sides?
  • Can the front teeth tear off a piece of food?
  • Is there clicking or discomfort in the joint in front of the ear?
  • Did thumb-sucking narrow the shape of the upper jaw and push out the teeth?
  • Is the periodontal support damaged by teeth out of alignment?
  • Are the teeth so crowded that they can’t be cleaned easily?
  • Do jawbones need to be repositioned surgically to get a solid bite?

This list is just the tip of the iceberg. If any of these questions ring a bell for you, please call for a complementary initial examination with Dr. Foley. He will be happy to patiently answer your questions.

And we don’t want to discount the esthetic benefits of having straight nice teeth.  In 2007, the American Dental Association published a Norwegian study in which subjects ranked the features that made a person attractive.  The leading feature, selected by 81.5%, was teeth, followed by eyes, skin, hair and lips.